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Kogi Assembly calls for implementation of state extant traffic laws



Kogi State House of Assembly on Thursday called for implementation of state extant traffic laws to curb spate of heavy duty vehicle accidents and killings of citizens on highways in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the call is contained in a resolution of the House reached at plenary following the adoption of an oral motion moved by the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole.

The speaker had told the members that the spate of accidents caused by heavy duty trucks that plied the highways in the state and the resultant deaths and injury to citizens in recent time, was alarming.

He recalled that not too long ago, a female National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member posted to serve in the state, was knocked down and killed on Ganaja road within just three weeks of her arrival.

He said in another incident, one person was knocked down and eventually died  along Kashim Ibrahim road, Lokoja, while just last week, a Higher National Diploma (HND) II student of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, expected to graduate in a few weeks, was killed by a tipper.

Kolawole said there was the need for the House to address the ugly situation, adding that as responsible representatives of the people, they were duty bound to address the menace.

He suggested that speed-breakers be introduced on state roads within Lokoja metropolis.

Seconding the motion, Ahmed Mohammed (APC-Ankpa I) suggested that the state Commissioner for Transport, Kogi Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, VIO and other relevant agencies, be summoned to discuss the matter.

He also suggested that heavy duty trucks be given some time limitation on when to ply the roads.

Hassan Bello-Balogun (APC-Ajaokuta) in his contribution stated that there was the need for the provision of alternative routes, like by-pass, before placing necessary limitations.

Edoko Moses Ododo (APC-Dekina/Biraidu), supporting the motion emphasised the need to have a good functional State Traffic Monitoring Agency to effectively and efficiently monitor the activities of the drivers on the road.

Chairman, House Committee on Transport, Ademola Bello (APC-Mopamuro) in his submission,decried the non-availability of heavy duty towing vehicles in the state, saying the situation was militating against smooth traffic flow.

The Speaker, following overwhelming voice votes in favour of the motion, adopted it.


Edited by Angela Okisor